Taking TriMet to the centerpiece of the Rose Festival: the Grand Floral Parade


Plan extra time for Monday morning commute as Rose Festival Fleet departs

Take TriMet to the centerpiece of the Rose Festival: the Grand Floral Parade. The parade winds through the streets of Portland City Center on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. TriMet staff and volunteers will be out and about to get you and your family to, through and home from the parade.

  • Twenty bus lines and all MAX lines serve the Portland City Center. They will run on Saturday schedules. Plan your trip at trimet.org.
  • TriMet has a number of Park & Rides. Check out trimet.org/parkandride. The lots closer to downtown usually fill up first so consider one a little further out.
  • Extra MAX trains will run as needed before and after the parade.
  • Plan to add 15 to 30 minutes to trips through downtown during the event because MAX trains will be stopped periodically for the parade.
  • Twelve bus lines – 4, 6, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 35, 44 and 54/56 – intersect the parade route and will be detoured from about 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. TriMet’s customer service staff at 503-238-RIDE can help plan trips in advance. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • There may be some long lines for MAX trains immediately following the parade, so please be patient. Avoid bringing big strollers on MAX. As the trains get crowded, those with a big stroller may have to wait. The same goes for those with bikes.
  • Consider taking regular bus service or a different MAX line to leave the Portland City Center and then transfer to the line you want. For example, catch a Green Line train on 6th Avenue and transfer to the Blue Line at Gateway Transit Center.
  • Fares are required in downtown and elsewhere on the TriMet system. Consider buying a Day Pass. buy a Day Pass. It’s the same price as two 2 ½-hour –hour.
  • Make your phone your fare with the free TriMet Tickets mobile app. Learn how easy it is at trimet.org/mobiletickets.
  • Have a fun and safe Grand Floral Parade by staying aware around our buses and trains. Don’t cross against the light or get distracted by your smartphone. Our operators will be watching out for you, but please watch for our vehicles too.
  • If you see something suspicious, say something. Alert a TriMet employee, a police officer, a Rose Festival staff member or call 9-1-1.

Plan ahead: Rose Festival Fleet departs Monday, June 8

The Rose Festival Fleet will depart Monday morning, June 8 and will lead to delays during the commute.

  • Plan extra time if commuting across the Willamette River.
  • Please be patient. All MAX trains will be stopped for Steel Bridge lifts as the ships pull out.
  • TriMet operations crews will be monitoring the lifts and adjusting service as necessary, which may include shuttle MAX riders across the river in buses.
  • Buses that travel across the Broadway, Steel and Burnside bridges – lines 4, 8, 12, 17, 19, 20, 35, 44 and 77 – will also experience delays as they detour to other bridges.
  • Consider taking other bus lines that cross the river only using the Hawthorne and Ross Island bridges – lines 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 33 and 66.

Plan ahead

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan your trip during the Rose Festival and after, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit trimet.org, or m.trimet.org for smartphones.